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Gradually getting to graduation, [ London – Salisbury – Lyme Regis ]

My primary reason for going back to the UK this time, was for my PhD graduation ceremony from Imperial College, on this day. While Tuesday had a few small problems, Wednesday started out as a complete disaster. My mother and brother were on their way up from Devon/Dorset, and they had my suit which I had to wear under the fancy robes they give you to prance around in for the day. Unfortunately their train was late, owing to a person at Clapham junction trying to occupy that space beyond the platform that rapidly moving trains also occupy.

Mother and suit, on their way through London.

Mother and suit, on their way through London.


 

Meanwhile, I was at Imperial trying to convince the people from whom we hire the Robes, that I did in fact have a reservation despite not being on their primitive paper list. Proving this, required my ID number which was in a text message on my other phone back in Greifswald. Alternatively, it might be in my e-mail, which required Internet access. Getting access to this particular technology at the ‘Imperial College of Science and Technology’ proved incredibly difficult. The public access machines in the lobby were all broken (BSODs, BIOS errors, and various other flavors of epic fail). I did still have an account for the WiFi but they kindly reset everyones password every few months.

I went up to shout at IT services but the girl on the desk was so cheery and helpful that the shouting didn’t happen. She fixed the problem pretty quickly. Waving the laptop in the woman from the robe company’s face achieved the robes and the suit finally turned up, with family, ten minutes after the time that officially won’t let anyone in. We missed the precession thing at the start, but they did let us in so I had my moment of wandering across the stage of the Royal Albert Hall, with my associated reading of my name and handshaking with various important university types.
 

Me in the silly hat they shouldn't have given me.

Me in the silly hat they shouldn't have given me.

On stage in the Royal Albert Hall. Worth 4 years of work??

On stage in the Royal Albert Hall. Worth 4 years of work??

 

We than did a little wandering around at the reception, scoffed some ‘cans of peas’ (canapes) and I said hi to the five odd people I actually know at Imperial. After that we got the tube back to Waterloo and the train out to Salisbury from where my brother drove us back to my mum’s new house near Lyme Regis on the Devon/Dorset border.

The new house near Lyme.

The new house near Lyme.

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  1. Henry Ford
    May 16, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Well done in the graduationing, I will get photos on Facebook in the near future. 🙂

  2. Iris Selby
    May 21, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Not let us in!!you must be joking.

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